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review 2017-03-23 02:28
Sins of the Father (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 2) - Patricia Sprinkle

SINS OF THE FATHERS

Patricia Sprinkle

Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Avon Books (first published September 25th 2007)

ISBN: 0060819766 (ISBN13: 9780060819767) 

 

This was a read that I really enjoyed. Part genealogy, part mystery, Dr. Flo finds what she thinks is her great grandfather's grave. She soon gets to know the family that owns the land, and a few other characters. Patricia Sprinkle's writing of her characters as well as her description of the small town keeps the flow going well with a few surprises for the characters interwoven into the story. I found myself becoming fond of several of the characters. Those I did not like were characters that were not meant to be liked. Sprinkle's description of the land surrounding the grave made me appreciate the importance of what land meant to people in the 18oos and early 1900s. Her writing gave personality to the area

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review 2014-12-23 00:00
In the Best Families
In the Best Families - Rex Stout,Patricia Sprinkle You heard the beginning of this story often enough: a wealthy plain looking woman married a handsome younger guy (would "bought him" be a better term?) The only two things the latter has are exactly the ones I already mentioned: youth and good looks; the money comes from his wife. At one point he increased his demands for money; the wife refused him and - to her complete surprise - he continued his lavish lifestyle without visible means of supporting it.

Nero Wolfe avoids divorce cases like a plague, but this time it was only figuring out the source of the guy's income, so the detective decided to take a case; his bank account (poor state of it that is) helped with the decision. The problem comes when it turned out his investigation would make a very powerful person slightly inconvenienced. Such people think nothing about killing anything that stands in their way, like Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin in this case.

This is a very unusual Nero Wolfe novel as the latter has to break his routine of the previous sixteen books completely. I really cannot say anything at all to avoid spoilers, but the first time I read it I was in for a big surprise. My standard disclaimer applies here as well: do not read the book's blurb as it will spoil quite a lot. Let me just say Archie Goodwin has to work on his own here and he shows himself a very competent detective, even if not quite on the level of Nero Wolfe's genius.

5 stars for highly entertaining value is the final rating.

This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one: https://www.leafmarks.com/lm/#/books/144974
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review 2011-06-24 00:00
Who Left that Body in the Rain?
Who Left that Body in the Rain? - Patricia Sprinkle I had to abandon it half-way through - the "we're so charming and Southern" bit got a little too annoying.
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review 2008-10-01 00:00
Daughter of Deceit (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 3)
Daughter of Deceit - Patricia Sprinkle I love Patricia Sprinkles new series this is the 3rd book of the Family Tree Series. This is one of the best ones so far. They just keep getting better and better as they go.
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review 2008-09-01 00:00
Sins of the Father (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 2)
Sins of the Father (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 2) - Patricia Sprinkle In this one Kathryn helps Dr Flo find out about her past and they run into some interesting characters yet. This was a fun read.
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